More words are being traded in The Washington Post over last month's article on Wake County's school diversity fight.
In a letter to the editor in Saturday's Post, Calla Wright of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children challenges a recent letter submitted by Kathleen Brennan of Wake CARES.
Wright accuses Brennan of "scapegoating" by blaming the diversity policy and not growth for reassigning 60,000 students over the past 10 years.
Wright also argues that "the diversity policy was never meant to be a panacea for the achievement gap between white students and students of color."
"It was meant to lay a foundation of academic success for all students and to avoid the creation of high-poverty, racially identifiable schools," Wright writes. "The work of closing the achievement gap can take place only if everyone in the community turns his or her attention to addressing institutionalized racism and seeking equity for all students."
Lastly, Wright goes personally after Brennan and others who criticized the old diversity policy.
"For Ms. Brennan to characterize the diversity policy as a failure provides a convenient straw man for her attack," Wright writes. "She and those she represents have used the academic struggles of poor children as the excuse to execute a reprehensible agenda: the purging of poor children from suburban schools."